HSE to offer elastomer guidelines for the oil industry

By Liz White, ERJ staff

Hertford, UK-The UK Health and Safety Executive is to publish advice on requirements for elastomers in upstream oil and gas operations. These have been developed for the UK safety body by MERL, a Hertford-based research group working with engineering materials and will appear on the HSE website early next year.

Pointing out that “the role of all polymers in the harsh environments associated with gas/oil extraction is critical,” if the components are to achieve acceptable service lives, MERL said this is…

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